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Historical Events

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Each and every year that has passed is full of impactful events and information that have impacted the world around us. Having access to this information provides an amazing opportunity to research what has happened and how it has contributed to the evolution of our world. For the year 1871, such impactful events include the establishment of the Paris Commune, the opening of the Royal Albert Hall in London by Queen Victoria, the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Ulysses S. Grant, British Columbia joining the confederation of Canada, the Great Fire of Chicago taking place, and so much more! Each title is available individually, and all are searchable via an interface that allows users to easily view, search, zoom, print and save digital page images.

Historical Events
For Year 1871

There is no better source of the stories of yesterday, as they were actually told, than Newspaper Archives. Discover your ancestry with records from every world history event and find treasures that simply aren't available anywhere else. Newspaper Archives have preserved essential accounts of your family, famous people and events that shaped this nation for hundreds of years. What will you discover?

February 9, 1871

The establishment of the United States Commission on Fish and Fisheries takes place. Read More

March 21, 1871

The first Chancellor of the German Empire is announced as Otto von Bismarck. Read More

March 22, 1871

The first state governor to be impeached and removed from office in the United States is Governor William Holden of North Carolina.
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March 22, 1871

An order to abandon Fort Kearny, Nebraska is issues by the United States Army. Read More

March 26, 1871

The establishment of the Paris Commune takes place in Paris. Read More

March 29, 1871

John Maynard Woodworth is appointed as the first Surgeon General of the United States. Read More

March 29, 1871

Queen Victoria opens the Royal Albert Hall in London. Read More

April, 1871

The establishment of the Stockholms Handelsbank takes place, Read More

April 20, 1871

The United States Civil Rights Act is signed by President Ulysses S. Grant. Read More

May 8, 1871

Ezra Sutton of the Cleveland Forest City's hits the first home run in Major League Baseball.
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May 10, 1871

Frontiers are confirmed between Germany and France upon the signing of the Treaty of Frankfurt.
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June 18, 1871

Restrictions limiting members of the Church of England access to Oxford, Cambridge and Durham universities are removed by the University Test Act.
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July 20, 1871

The confederation of Canada is joined by British Columbia. Read More

August 29, 1871

The han system is abolished in Japan. Read More

September 3, 1871

The "Committee of Seventy" is formed by New York City residents attempting to reform local politics.
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October 8, 1871

The Great Fire of Chicago takes place. Read More

October 12, 1871

More than 160 communities are named "Denotified Tribes" upon the enactment of the Criminal Tribes Act by the British Raj in India.
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October 20, 1871

The first regular Canadian army units are formed by the Royal Regiment of Artillery upon the creation of two batteries of garrison artillery.
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November 17, 1871

The state of New York grants a charter to the National Rifle Association. Read More

December 19, 1871

The incorporation of Birmingham as a city in Alabama takes place. Read More

December 25, 1871

The creation of the Reading Football Club takes place. Read More

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